Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas wish list. If you are looking for vegan, sustainable, snuggly and indulgent gifts, my list could be for you!
I’ve been on the hunt for some gorgeous, luxurious and grown-up pyjamas for a while and Yawn tick all of my boxes! I love their organic ‘port in a storm’ pyjama set. I also love that they use hand-drawn prints, drawn in their London studio, with hidden details for you to find. Yawn use superfine fabrics and claim that if they can’t find the perfect fabric, they find mills to weave it for you. Their products also include feel-good features, from horizontal buttonholes, to deliciously deep pockets and hidden messages. They also have strong ethical commitments for their people, the planet and the future of the company. Read more here.
Slippers form a key part of many people’s Christmas lists and I love these multi-coloured vegan, Ivy slippers from TOMS. They looks so snuggly and the rubber sole promises to last a winter spent mooching around the flat in various states of lockdown!
I recently bought my first pair of dungarees and in no time at all I’ve become a dungarees convert! Who cares that they are possibly the least flattering piece of clothing I own? They are comfy. And slouchy. And perfect with a big, snuggly jumper underneath. I’ve always admired Lucy and Yak dungarees from afar, but now I’m officially putting them on my wish list. I love these classic black umi dungarees in the signature Lucy and Yak cut with adjustable tie straps, chest and hip pockets and generous cut for roomy hips and a relaxed look. Lucy and Yak also have the cutest origins story, which you can read here.
I love delicious, flavourful extra virgin olive oil and having tasted a sample of the latest harvest from Frantoi I now want more! The ‘Taste Around Italy’ selection includes six 500ml bottles from Liguria, Friuli, Umbria, Calabria, Puglia and Sicily all with different flavour profiles.
At Frantoi their mission is to change the way you buy your extra virgin olive oil by sending it directly from the Frantoio in Italy immediately after it has been pressed. This guarantees the provenance, the freshness and the quality of the oil and from my experiences makes it truly heavenly!
My parents have been Gousto fans for a few years now and over recent months, when we’ve been to visit, they have come up with some amazing plant-based Gousto meals. While I love cooking, I hate having to come up with ideas for the weekly menu and the idea of not having to plan meals for a few months seems like pure luxury! I also love that there is absolutely no food waste with Gousto meals. This is why I’m putting the Gousto subscription on my Christmas wish list.
What I have also noticed from my parent’s deliveries is that Gousto are now using a plastic-free insulation box, made from recycled cardboard that keeps Gousto’s fresh food cold during delivery.
It wouldn’t be a Christmas wish list without some chocolate! I’m adding the Montezuma dark chocolate and peanut butter truffles as my current vegan chocolate of choice (I received these in a ‘Don’t Buy Her Flowers’ box recently and they are truly divine!). I wouldn’t say no to the Montezuma giant dark chocolate buttons either, which are heaven!
During lockdown kettlebells seem to be in such short supply and none more so than the coveted Kettleboobs. I love the original boob design, although sadly they are sold out until the ‘foreseeable future’. Still a girl can dream!
While I know many people have used lockdown as a chance to eschew their usual make-up habits, I have to admit I just don’t feel myself without my ‘face on’ (and I’m not talking about ‘a lick of mascara and some Vaseline on my lips’ nonsense). In these colder months I know my skin can start to look pale and a little sad, that’s why I love the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick to give me an extra boost!
I recently reviewed Ballet Fusion for HLL and loved it. Getting the timings right for classes is a little tricky with a small person in tow, which is why I’d love a subscription to access all of the online videos to do in my own time.
My adventuring sister is always flaunting her tea flask on Instagram, usually after a swim in some arctic-temperature lake, and it has really made me covet one! There is nothing nicer than knowing you have some hot tea (or hot chocolate) in your rucksack while out on a long walk (or freezing cold in the playground as is more often the case for me).
I love these bamboo flasks from Global WAKEcup and even more, I love that the company was founded after old friends Buffie and Nick got chatting about David Attenborough’s iconic Blue Planet series and realised they needed to get involved in the fight against single-use plastics. Global WAKEcup offers stylish, sustainably sourced coffee cups, flasks and water bottles and also promises to be part of a movement towards a world where everyone can choose to reuse and say no to single-use. You can’t say fairer than that!
No list of mine would be complete without a book (or two). I’ve settled on Michiko Kakutani’s Ex Liberis: 100+ Books to Read and Reread. Shortlisted for Waterstone’s Book of the Year 2020, this book guarantees a rich and vast range of classics, old and new. Including everything Homer’s The Odyssey to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, Ex Libris offers beautiful illustrations that evoke vintage bookplates leafed between Kakutani’s inspiring essays. Published by HarperCollins, this book promises to be an unmissable reminder of why we fell in love with reading in the first place.